FAQs for the Curious

  1. You all use coal (and cars and mobile phones etc) so aren’t you all hypocrites?
    • Ethical consumption is not possible under late capitalism. Almost everything we eat, drink, wear or otherwise consume has been produced by exploited workers, using toxic chemicals and creating carbon emissions. We are working towards a world where everyone can lead ethical lives, with access to clean energy, sustainable production, decent, meaningful work, healthy communities and a healthy environment. Ending fossil fuel dependence is just a first step towards this future state, which we call ‘climate justice’. Until we achieve a state of climate justice, yes, we all lead highly compromised lives. We invite you to recognise that the current state of affairs cannot continue. Our economic system is on a collision course with our climate. One of them has to radically change. We choose to change the economy, not the climate.
    • The consumer choices of individuals will not stop climate change from ripping our lives apart. We need collective action to shift our economy away from a profit-at-all-costs model towards a model that is compatible with human and environmental well-being.

  2. Why don’t you all go get a job?
    • If your question concerns a moral opposition to ‘jobs’ - the sale of our intellectual and manual labor to the owning classes for the purpose of generating profit for the 1% - yes, you are right, 99% of us are being ripped off. If your question refers to our current employment status, thank you for showing concern about our financial security. Most of us have ‘jobs’ already. We are from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and we work across all industry sectors. Some of us don’t have a ‘job’ because we are retired, we are students or we are too young to work.

  3. Why don’t you get a f@#king job?
    • Not everybody has the time, skills or vocation to work in the sex industry.

  4. What about coal miners’ jobs?
    • Climate change puts ALL of our jobs at risk.
    • We support the right of all people to decent, meaningful work. We advocate a ‘just transition’ to clean energy. A just transition involves the planned phasing out of reliance on coal mines and coal fired power stations and into clean energy sources, while supporting affected communities with alternate employment opportunities. There is no conflict between ‘jobs’ and ‘environment’. A healthy society needs both healthy workplaces and a healthy environment. We CAN have both.

  5. Are you all paid protestors / rent a crowd?
    • Sadly, no. All of our work with FLAC is on a voluntary basis, funded through generosity of spirit. We use our own money and we volunteer our time because we feel a strong moral duty to oppose fossil fuel companies in order to secure a safe climate future. To support direct action to end coal, please go here

  6. What about all the other coal mines in the Galilee / Australia / the world?
    • Yes we want to close those down too. We are part of a global movement to end fossil fuels and transition to clean energy. Adani is our focus at this time because if it goes ahead it would be the largest ​​​​​​​coal mine in Australia and open up a whole new coal mining region. If Galilee coal is burnt, the Galilee would be the fourth largest carbon emitting entity in the world.

  7. What has the Adani coal mine got to do with (jobs on) the Great Barrier Reef?
    • The Great Barrier Reef is a sensitive ecosystem, one of the first to literally feel the heat. More coal burnt = more CO2 = warmer oceans = less coral = less reef tourism = FNQ economy collapses. We all need decent work. We all need good air, land and water. We can't afford to put a thousand coal 'jobs' ahead of a safe climate. Either we transition to renewables or we watch our coral bleach to death.

  8. What about all the other threats to the reef?
    • We support all efforts to ensure a healthy reef, including improving water quality, controlling the crown of thorns starfish, and eliminating pollution from marine vessels.

  9. If you’re so worried about CO2 why don’t you go plant some trees?
    • All of us take positive climate action in micro ways, such as tree planting in our neighbourhoods, beach clean ups, installing solar, riding bikes, reducing waste and saving water. None of these micro actions will stop climate change, however. Individual actions by consumers do not tackle the big picture, macro problem of corporate carbon emissions. It will take collective action to shift power away from the big corporations. Check this fun facts you-tube video forget shorter showers
  10. Why don’t you latte sippers go back to the big cities you came from?
    • Some of us drink espressos. Some of us drink tea. Some of us drink beer. We all drink water, and Adani threatens the water supply of all of Queensland.
    • Some of us come from cities, some of us come from regional towns, some of us come from central and north Queensland. We are already ‘where we came from’.
    • What is it with lattes? People all over Australia like sipping lattes. It’s not a big city thing.
    • Global warming is a global problem. Everyone in the world has the right to a safe climate, which means no new coal.

  11. Did you know that the majority of people in Bowen support Adani?
    • We appreciate that some local folk support Adani and the Abbott Pt. expansion and that others don’t. We realise the Bowen community has a direct stake in the project. At the same time, the Adani coal mine will have massive global impacts for a long time if it goes ahead. Everyone in the world has a stake in this project.

  12. India needs coal to solve energy poverty, who are we to say no more coal?
    • Energy poverty is not caused by a lack of electricity, but the fact that people can’t access it. Communities living in India’s coal belt, where there is the highest concentration of coal-fired power plants, have among the lowest rates of access to electricity in the country. The Indian Government’s policy is to stop importing coal, with electricity from solar much cheaper than imported coal. Clean energy will supply power to the poor of Indians faster than fossil fuels, and without the air pollution that kills people. Clean energy lends itself to decentralisation, making it cheaper and easier to access for the rural poor. India doesn’t want, or need, Adani’s coal.

  13. Adani has applied for and received all of its approvals. Why are you continuing to interfere with an approved project?
    • The Australian people did not, and do not, approve of Adani’s carbon bomb / coal mine. The global community do not approve of it. Even the finance and insurance sector do not approve of it. Many suspect that there is foul play behind our governments’ approval of it. With the reef bleaching and climate impacts rising, a massive new coal mine is a ludicrous idea. We know that our major political parties receive substantial donations from fossil fuel companies, and that many government ministers gain lucrative jobs in the resources sector after they leave parliament – the ‘revolving door’ between mining and politics in Australia. We cannot explain or accept the Queensland and Federal governments’ approvals of the Adani project. We stand with the global majority who do not approve of new coal mines.

  14. How can you say you’re peaceful and then go and break the law?
    • When injustice becomes law resistance becomes duty. Think of the people who hid refugees from Nazi persecution. Or the people who knelt down on the street in prayer to stop tanks shooting civilians in the Phillipines under Marcos. Sometimes laws are violent, and breaking them is the most peaceful thing to do. We do not harm any living creatures in our actions; our actions are for the protection of life. To continue mining and burning coal as we head deeper into climate crisis is a crime against humanity and a crime against the planet we inhabit. We have tried every possible legal avenue to stop the Adani project (and other coal projects) going ahead. Civil disobedience is now the only ethical option.
  15. What if someone is injured during your protests?
    • We are here to make our world a safer place, for all humans. The well being of everyone involved in a direct action, including workers, is our first concern. We would never put a person's life - or limb - at risk, and we would never put a worker in the position of having accidentally injured somebody. Not. Going. To. Happen.
  16. What makes you think ‘direct action’ can make a difference?
    • Experience. From the Daintree and the Franklin to Bentleigh and Jabiluka – just to name Australian projects – we know that sustained non-violent direct action to disrupt destructive projects wins. Every major social change in our history - including the 8 hour day and women's right to vote - has been achieved through peaceful direct action, or civil disobedience. If enough people engage in civil disobedience, with enough support, we can win. The Adani project is extremely unpopular. The Stop Adani movement is massive. The question is not if we will stop Adani, it is how soon.